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Overbrook Press Records, 1929-1978, bulk 1935-1961

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection documents the operation of Overbrook Press, a private American press once located in Stamford, Connecticut, from its founding by Frank Altschul in 1934 until it ceased operation in 1969.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0959
Bib ID 4079185 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Overbrook Press
Title Overbrook Press Records, 1929-1978, bulk 1935-1961
Physical Description 6.3 linear feet (15 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series.

Description

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials relating to approximately 150 of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed by the Overbrook Press from its founding in 1934 until its last year of activity, 1969. It also includes a small amount of earlier records relating to the Helealt Corporation, the fiscal parent of Overbrook Press. Approximately two-thirds of the collection consists of business correspondence between Altschul, authors, and agents. The collection also contains a great deal of correspondence between Frank Altschul and noted artists and book designers such as Valenti Angelo, W.A. Dwiggins, Jean Hugo, Rudoph Ruzicka, Daniel B. Updike, Thomas M. Cleland, and Elmer Adler. Correspondence on a particular book or pamphlet is sometimes accompanied by proofs, drafts, or an example of the final product. The collection also contains memoranda, manuscripts, and financial records. Particularly noteworthy are the files relating to the publication of Manon Lescaut (1958), Robert Louis Stevenson's Inland Voyage (1938), and Herbert Cahoon's 1963 Overbrook Press Bibliography.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1933-1978

    This series contains correspondence of three types; alphabetical correspondence arranged by surname, author-title files containing correspondence relating to specific works, and general chronological correspondence.

  • Series II: General, 1929-1977

    This small but varied series contains documents related to the operation of the press, including financial records, internal correspondence, and paper samples. It also holds copies of the Overbrook Bibliography and information on book exhibits.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Overbrook Press Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

Herbert H. Lehman Papers, 1858-1963 Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Frank Altschul Papers, 1884-1986, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Altschul, Frank. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1980. Accession number--M-80.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Papers processed Carolyn Smith 2008.

Finding aid written Carolyn Smith October 2010.

Revision Description

2010-11-10 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Angelo, Valenti, 1897-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book collectors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book design Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cahoon, Herbert, 1918-2000 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civic leaders -- Connecticut -- Stamford Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cleland, T. M (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwiggins, W. A (William Addison), 1880-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evans, Margaret B. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gunther, John, 1901-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Helealt Corporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hugo, Jean, 1894-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustration of books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Layout (Printing) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Overbrook Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philanthropists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presswork (Printing) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- Connecticut -- Stamford Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scholarly publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Overbrook Press was founded in 1934 in Stamford, Connecticut, by Frank Altschul, an investment banker and civic leader with a lifelong interest in book arts and printing. Altschul initially pursued printing as a hobby, experimenting with a small press in his New York apartment. In 1934, he was approached by designer Margaret B. Evans, who had been working for Ashlar Press. Ashlar was closing, and Evans hoped Altschul would continue its work.

Altschul set up the press in converted outbuildings on his Stamford farm and hired Evans as designer and compositor and John MacNamara as pressman. The Overbrook Press went on to print an eclectic variety of books and pamphlets, as well as ephemera such as awards and certificates. Evens placed great emphasis on technical expertise and craftsmanship, and even smaller pieces - political pamphlets such as Towards a More Creative Policy and short books on chess problems - were handled with surprising care.

Altschul set up the press in converted outbuildings on his Stamford farm and hired Evans as designer and compositor and John MacNamara as pressman. The Overbrook Press went on to print an eclectic variety of books and pamphlets, as well as ephemera such as awards and certificates. Evens placed great emphasis on technical expertise and craftsmanship, and even smaller pieces - political pamphlets such as "Toward a More Creative Policy" and short books on chess problems - were handled with unusual care.

Overbrook volumes were also known for fine illustrations. In the 1930s, the Overbrook Press published an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's travelogue An Inland Voyage, which featured illustrations by French artist Jean Hugo. Hugo was commissioned to follow Stevenson's path through Belgium and France and produce gouaches of scenes along the route. The press worked with many other artists, including Valenti Angelo, Anna Simons, and Bruce Rogers, but is most closely associated with T.M. Cleland, who illustrated a number of Overbrook volumes. His most ambitious project was an edition of Prevost's Manon Lescaut, for which he created elaborate silk-screened illustrations. The volume, which was published in 1958 after six years of work, is considered one of the highest quality private press books of the time.

The Overbrook Press operated for nearly thirty years, closing its doors in 1969.

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Series I: Correspondence, 1933-1978

This series contains correspondence of three types; alphabetical correspondence arranged by surname, author-title files containing correspondence relating to specific works, and general chronological correspondence.


Subseries I.1: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1934-1976

This subseries contains letters to Altschul from artists, actors, politicians, and other individuals outside the publishing field. Most are brief letters of thanks in response to the complementary books Altschul often sent to notable figures. Files have been arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.


Series I: Correspondence, 1933-1978


Subseries I.1: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1934-1976



Box 1 Folder 1 Acheson, Dean, 1951-1961


Box 1 Folder 2-3 Adler, Elmer, 1934-1935, (2 folders)


Box 1 Folder 4 Aldrich, Winthrop, 1968


Box 1 Folder 5 Amory, Cleveland, 1955


Box 1 Folder 6 Angelo, Valenti, 1935


Box 1 Folder 7 Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, 1945-1964


Box 1 Folder 8 Auchincloss, Louis, 1967


Box 1 Folder 9 Austin, Warren, 1937-1943


Box 1 Folder 10 Bedard, Pierre, 1965-1969


Box 1 Folder 11 Beilenson, Peter, 1945


Box 1 Folder 12 Bliss, Robert Woods, 1955


Box 1 Folder 13 Bloom, Sol, 1943


Box 1 Folder 14 Boggs, Hale, 1955-1961


Box 1 Folder 15 Bolton, Frances, 1943


Box 1 Folder 16 Bowman, Isaiah, 1945


Box 1 Folder 17 Braden, Spruille, 1950


Box 1 Folder 18 Brandeis, Louis, 1937


Box 1 Folder 19 Brewster, Kingman, 1969-1970


Box 1 Folder 20 Bruce, David, 1969


Box 1 Folder 21 Bush, Prescott, 1953


Box 1 Folder 22 Capper, Arthur, 1937-1938


Box 1 Folder 23 Cardozo, Benjamin, 1937


Box 1 Folder 24 Cary, Melbert, 1935


Box 1 Folder 25 Cert, Bennett, 1936


Box 1 Folder 26 Church, Frank, 1970


Box 1 Folder 27 Claire, Ina, 1936


Box 1 Folder 28 Clark, Tom, 1949


Box 1 Folder 29 Clay, Lucius, 1968-1969


Box 1 Folder 30-31 Cleland, Thomas, 1934-1958, (2 folders)


Box 1 Folder 32 Cohn, Alfred, 1935-1952


Box 1 Folder 33 Coolidge, Achibald, 1953-1954


Box 1 Folder 34 Copeland, Royal, 1938


Box 1 Folder 35 Cousins, Norman, 1952-1922


Box 1 Folder 36 Coykendall, Frederick, 1955


Box 1 Folder 37 Cushing, Harvey, 1935


Box 1 Folder 38 Davis, John, 1950


Box 1 Folder 39 Douglas, Paul, 1953


Box 1 Folder 40 Dryfoos, Orvil, 1947


Box 1 Folder 41 Duggan, Stephen, 1949


Box 1 Folder 42 Dulles, John Foster, 1947-1954


Box 1 Folder 43 Duvoisin, Roger, 1939


Box 1 Folder 44 Dwiggins, William Addison, 1935


Box 1 Folder 45 Eisenhower, Dwight, 1950


Box 1 Folder 46 Emmett, Burton, 1935


Box 1 Folder 47 Farrand, Max, 1942


Box 1 Folder 48 Finletter, Thomas, 1976


Box 1 Folder 49 Flanner, Janet, 1951


Box 1 Folder 50 Florinsky, Michael, 1951-1961


Box 1 Folder 51 Forand, Aime, 1937-1945


Box 1 Folder 52 Frankfurter, Felix, 1941-1963


Box 1 Folder 53 Fulbright, James, 1959-1976


Box 1 Folder 54 Galantiere, Lewis, 1961-1968


Box 1 Folder 55 Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1951-1975


Box 1 Folder 56 Garcia, Carlos, 1960


Box 1 Folder 57 Gill, Brendan, 1962-1966


Box 1 Folder 58 Goodrich, Carter, 1948-1952


Box 1 Folder 59 Grabhorn, Edwin, 1935


Box 1 Folder 60 Graham, Philip, 1952


Box 1 Folder 61 Grew, Joseph, 1951


Box 1 Folder 62 Gunther, John, 1948-1965


Box 1 Folder 63 Halifax, Edward Frederick, 1942


Box 1 Folder 64 Hand, Learned, 1953


Box 1 Folder 65 Hanks, Nancy, 1966


Box 1 Folder 66 Heckscher, 1951-1975


Box 1 Folder 67 Hersey, John, 1975


Box 1 Folder 68 Herter, Christian, 1948


Box 1 Folder 69 Hugo, Jean, 1937-1938


Box 1 Folder 70 Humphrey, Hubert, 1953


Box 1 Folder 71 Ickes, Harold, 1937


Box 1 Folder 72 Isaacs, Stanley, 1950


Box 1 Folder 73 Jackson, Barbara, 1976


Box 1 Folder 74 Jebb, (Sir Hubert Miles), Gladwyn, 1953


Box 1 Folder 75 Johnson, Alvin, 1954


Box 1 Folder 76 Johnson, Lyndon B, 1963


Box 1 Folder 77 Johnston, Paul, 1934


Box 1 Folder 78 Kent, Henry, 1934


Box 1 Folder 79 Kerr, Clark, 1970


Box 1 Folder 80 Kerr, Jean, 1957


Box 1 Folder 81 Knopf, Alfred, 1935-1965


Box 1 Folder 82 Knopf


Box 1 Folder 83 Lamont, Thomas, 1963


Box 1 Folder 84 Lane, Margaret, Countess of Huntington, 1963


Box 1 Folder 85-86 Leffingwell, Russell, 1935-1959, (2 folders)


Box 1 Folder 87 Lehman, Edith Altschul, 1937-1938


Box 1 Folder 88 Lehman, Irving, 1935-1939


Box 1 Folder 89 Lerner, Max, 1950


Box 1 Folder 90 Lippman, Walter, 1968


Box 1 Folder 91 Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1937


Box 1 Folder 92 Luce, Clare Boothe, 1976


Box 1 Folder 93 Lydenberg, Harry Miller, 1935


Box 1 Folder 94 McCarran, Patrick, 1937


Box 1 Folder 95 McLeish, Archibald, 1968


Box 1 Folder 96 Macmahon, Arthur, 1949-1950



Box 2 Folder 1 Malik, Charles, 1950


Box 2 Folder 2 Mansfield, Howard, 1935


Box 2 Folder 3 Medina, Harold, 1953


Box 2 Folder 4 Merrill, Charles, 1935-1937


Box 2 Folder 5 Montague, Gilbert, 1946-1959


Box 2 Folder 6 Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1923


Box 2 Folder 7 Muggeridge, Malcom, 1953


Box 2 Folder 8 Oenslager, Donald, 1968


Box 2 Folder 9 Ogburn, Charlton, 1950


Box 2 Folder 10 Pearson, Norman, 1941


Box 2 Folder 11 Pell, Clairborne, 1954


Box 2 Folder 12 Plimpton, Francis, 1957-1958


Box 2 Folder 13 Plimpton, Francis, 1959-1975


Box 2 Folder 14 Proskauer, Joseph, 1938-1967


Box 2 Folder 15 Reid, Whitelaw, 1953


Box 2 Folder 16 Reston, James, 1970


Box 2 Folder 17 Ribicoff, Abraham, 1957-1961


Box 2 Folder 18 Rockefeller, David, 1975


Box 2 Folder 19 Rockefeller, Nelson, 1959-1969


Box 2 Folder 20 Rogers, Bruce, 1937


Box 2 Folder 21 Rogers, Lindsay, 1960-1969


Box 2 Folder 22 Roper, Elmo, 1952


Box 2 Folder 23 Ross, Harold, 1948


Box 2 Folder 24 Rusk, Dean, 1959


Box 2 Folder 25-26 Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1935, (2 folders)


Box 2 Folder 27 Saltonstall, Leverett, 1945-1961


Box 2 Folder 28 Sarnoff, David, 1951


Box 2 Folder 29 Schlesinger, Arthur, 1960-1968


Box 2 Folder 30 Seligman, Eustace, 1951-1975


Box 2 Folder 31 Seymour, Whitney North, 1968


Box 2 Folder 32 Smith, Datus, 1942


Box 2 Folder 33 Smith, Margaret, 1945-1970


Box 2 Folder 34 Stevenson, Adlai, 1960-1964


Box 2 Folder 35 Sulzberger, Arther, 1937-1963


Box 2 Folder 36-37 Sulzberger, Iphigene, 1935-1969, (2 folders)


Box 2 Folder 38 Swope, Herber, 1935-1952


Box 2 Folder 39 Symington, Stuart, 1953


Box 2 Folder 40 Symons, Alphonse, 1935


Box 2 Folder 41 Taft, Robert, 1943


Box 2 Folder 42 Taylor, Maxwell, 1948


Box 2 Folder 43 Thompson, Dorothy, 1941


Box 2 Folder 44 Treadwell, John, 1953-1958


Box 2 Folder 45 Truman, Harry, 1957


Box 2 Folder 46 Tydings, Millard, 1938


Box 2 Folder 47 Tyson, Levering, 1957-1961


Box 2 Folder 48 Updike, Daniel, 1935


Box 2 Folder 49 Van Doren, Irita, 1946


Box 2 Folder 50 Wardwell, Allen, 1937


Box 2 Folder 51 Warren, Earl, 1955


Box 2 Folder 52 Wechsler, James, 1963


Box 2 Folder 53 Weizmann, Chaim, 1947


Box 2 Folder 54 Welles, Sumner, 1943


Box 2 Folder 55 White, Walter, 1953


Box 2 Folder 56 Wilmont, John, 1963


Box 2 Folder 57 Wilson, Edward, 1953


Box 2 Folder 58 Woods, Rose Mary, 1969


Subseries I.2: Author-Title Files, 1933-1969

Files in this subseries hold correspondence between Altschul and authors, editors, illustrators, and others regarding the design and publication of books, broadsides, and pamphlets. Many also contain drafts, proofs, or final copies of broadsides and pamphlets. In general, files are arranged alphabetically by author and contain correspondence related to the publishing of a single work, though in some cases they may cover several works by the same author. It is unclear whether this arrangement is original or was imposed at a later date.


Box 2 Folder 58 Acheson, Dean--"Fifty Years After,", 1961


Box 2 Folder 59 Adams, Frederick B. Jr.--Radical Literature in America, 1939


Box 2 Folder 60 "Address to the People by Certain Members of the Senate,", 1938


Box 2 Folder 61 Adler, Elmer--Menu for a Dinner Honoring Adler, 1940


Box 2 Folder 62 Aldington, Richard--A Dream in the Luxemburg, 1935


Box 2 Folder 63 Aldrich, Amy--"Fifty Years Ago,", 1959


Box 2 Folder 64 Allen, Edgar W. and Eric M. Hassenberg--To Alain White: A Tribute, 1945


Box 2 Folder 65 Altschul, Charles--"The Influence of England,", 1954


Box 2 Folder 66 American Political Science Association--Award Scrolls, 1948-1953


Box 2 Folder 67 Annalita--"Be Careful,", 1968


Box 2 Folder 68 Armstrong, Hamilton Fish--"The Task and Price of World Leadership,", 1947


Box 2 Folder 69 Baerwald, Emil, 1869-1948--Quotations from his Funeral Service, 1948


Box 2 Folder 70 Ballantine, Arthur A.--Poems, 1955


Box 2 Folder 71 Baruch, Bernard M.--"Freedom for Man: A World Safe for Mankind: An Address," Introduction by August Hekscher,, 1955


Box 2 Folder 72 Benton, William--"Brien McMahon: A Tribute,", 1952



Box 3 Folder 1 Bingham, June--Do Cows have Neuroses?, 1948


Box 3 Folder 2 Borg, Madelaine, 1956


Box 3 Folder 3 Breton, Nicholas and Bruce Rogers (Illustrator)--Twelve Months, 1949


Box 3 Folder 4 Brewster, Kingman--Style, Pluck and Integrity, 1969


Box 3 Folder 5 Buschke, Albrecht, Richard Cheney and Alan White--The Two-Move Chess Problem in the Soviet Union, 1923-1943, 1943, 1923-1943, 1943


Box 3 Folder 6 to 7 Cahoon, Herbert, Compiler--The Overbrook Press Bibliography, 1963, (2 Folders)


Box 3 Folder 8 California, State Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 12, 1957


Box 3 Folder 9 Chiang May Ling Soong--Addresses, 1943


Box 3 Folder 10 Churchill, Winston Spencer--An Address by Winston S. Churchill, 1943


Box 3 Folder 11 Cleland, Thomas Maitland--"Progress" in the Graphic Arts, 1949


Box 3 Folder 12 Clemens, Samuel L.--Three Sketches, 1946


Box 3 Folder 13 Cohn, Alfred E. et al--A Memorandum on the Need for a New Journal on higher Education in the United States, 1943


Box 3 Folder 14 Cohn, David L.--America to England, 1940


Box 3 Folder 15 Conant, James B.--The Defense of Freedom, 1960


Box 3 Folder 16 Cook, Madge--Poems, 1934


Box 3 Folder 17 Council on Foreign Relations--Lamont, Thomas W., 1948


Box 3 Folder 18 Council on Foreign Relations--Resignation of Henry M. Wrist as President,, 1964


Box 3 Folder 19 Council on Foreign Relations--Resolution Adopted by the Board of Directors,, 1946 May 21


Box 3 Folder 20 Cousins, Norman--Wanted: Ten Billion Angry Men, 1958


Box 3 Folder 21 Dodd, Thomas J.--If Coexistence Fails (from Orbis), 1960


Box 3 Folder 22 Duggan, Laurence--In Memoriam, 1949


Box 3 Folder 23 Dunne, George--God Bless America, 1961



Box 4 Folder 1 Dwiggins, W.A--four-page Signature from Robert Nathan's One More Spring,1935


Box 4 Folder 2 The Economist--"Containment Plus,", 1952


Box 4 Folder 3 Edman, Irwin--If Not, Not, 1952


Box 4 Folder 4 Eisenhower, Dwight D.--Guildhall Address in London and the Address Before the Congress in Washington,, 1945


Box 4 Folder 5 Eisenhower, Dwight D.--The Spirit of Geneva, 1955


Box 4 Folder 6 Eisenhower, Dwight D.--A Tribute to Winston Spencer Churchill, 1965


Box 4 Folder 7 Emmett, Burton--"Notes for a Statement Regarding the Collection," P.M. Magazine Insert, 1937


Box 4 Folder 8 to 10 The English-Speaking Union of the United States, 1958, 1965, 1958, 1965, (3 Folders)


Box 4 Folder 11 Etheridge, Mark F.--"Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?", 1953


Box 4 Folder 12 France, Anatole--L'Affaire Crainquebille, 1937


Box 4 Folder 13 Fulbright, James William--"The Price of Empire,", 1967


Box 4 Folder 14 Fulbright, James William--"Toward a More Creative Foreign Policy,", 1959


Box 4 Folder 15 Calantiere, Lewis--"America Today,", 1950


Box 4 Folder 16 Galbraith, John Kenneth--"How Keynes Came to America,", 1965


Box 4 Folder 17 George VI, King of Great Britain Donors to the King George VI Memorial Fund,, 1953


Box 4 Folder 18 Gist, Thomas--Indian Captivity, 1942


Box 4 Folder 19 Coldenson, Samuel--Philip J. Goodhart, 1856-1944, 1944, 1856-1944, 1944


Box 4 Folder 20 Greenman, Frederick F.--Wire Tapping and Civil Liberties, 1956


Box 4 Folder 21 "Alfred Whitney Griswald: In Memoriam,", 1964


Box 4 Folder 22 Griswold, Alfred Whitney--Inaugural Address, 1950


Box 4 Folder 23 Grolier Club--Report of the House Committee, 1955


Box 4 Folder 24 Haight, Anne Lyon--"Charles Dickens Tries to Remain Anonymous" and "Notes on the Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman,", 1939


Box 4 Folder 25 Haight, Anne Lyon--Morals, Manners, Etiquette and the Three R's, 1949



Box 5 Folder 1 Halifax, Lord Marquess of, George Saville--"The Lady's New Year's Gift,", 1935


Box 5 Folder 2 Hand, Learned--"Liberty,", 1941


Box 5 Folder 3 Hand, Learned--"Rational Inquiry and the Triumph of Wisdom,", 1954


Box 5 Folder 4 Heilbronner, Robert L.--"New Horizons in Economics,", 1964


Box 5 Folder 5 High, Stanley--"To Chick - At Fifty,", 1952


Box 5 Folder 6 Horsfall, Percy--"Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Robert Henry Brand,", 1963


Box 5 Folder 7 Hubby, Germain A.--Commemoration of New Canaan Country School, 1956


Box 5 Folder 8 Jackson, Barbara Ward--"Herbert Lehman at 80,", 1958


Box 5 Folder 9 Jacobs, Walter and Alain White--Variation Play: A Study in the Mechnisms and Relationship of Black Moves in the Two-Move Chess Problem, 1943


Box 5 Folder 10 Johnson, Lyndon Baines--"An Eloquent Plea-for Action: An Address Delivered Before a Joint Session of Congress,", 1963 November 27


Box 5 Folder 11 Judah Magnes Foundation--Judah Magnes Memorial Booklet, 1949


Box 5 Folder 12 Kennan, George--"The Liberal Arts in Contemporary American Society,", 1953


Box 5 Folder 13 Kennedy, John F.--An Address Delivered Before the Massachusetts Legislature,, January 9, 1961


Box 5 Folder 14 Kerr, Jean--"Toujour Tristess,", 1957


Box 5 Folder 15 King, Martin Luther Jr.--"Letters From Birminghton Jail,", 1968



Box 6 Folder 1 Lane, Margaret--L'Amitie Amoureuse, 1963


Box 6 Folder 2 Lasalle, Ferdinand--Une Page d'Amour de Ferdinand Lasalle, 1959


Box 6 Folder 3 Lehman, Irving--"Benjamin Nathan Cardozo,", 1938


Box 6 Folder 4 "Sam A. Lewisohn, 1884-1951,", 1951


Box 6 Folder 5 Leyburn, James G.--Pierson College: The First Decade, 1933-1943., 1944


Box 6 Folder 6 Lippman, Walter--The Confrontation, 1959


Box 6 Folder 7 Luce, Clare Boothe--"Little Rock and the Muscovite Moon: Challenges to American Leadership, An Address,", 1957


Box 6 Folder 8 MacArthur, Douglas--An Address Delivered at Los Angeles, California, 1955 January 26


Box 6 Folder 9 McLeish, Archibald--"The Great American Frustration,", 1968


Box 6 Folder 10 Malgaigne, Joseph Francois--Conseils pour le Choix dune Bibliotheque Ecrits pour une Jeune Fille, 1936


Box 6 Folder 11 Malik, Charles--"The Problem of Asia,", 1951


Box 6 Folder 12 Malik, Charles--War and Peace, 1950


Box 6 Folder 13 Mallory, Walter H.--Remarks at a Small Dinner on the Occasion of his Retirement as Exective Director of the Council on Foreign Relations,, 1959


Box 6 Folder 14 Mansfield, Comins--"Adventures in Composition,", 1944


Box 6 Folder 15 Maude, Angus--"Why is Waffle?", 1957


Box 6 Folder 16 May, George O.--"Truth and Usefulness in Accounting,", 1950


Box 6 Folder 17 Meredith, George--"Modern Love,", 1942


Box 6 Folder 18 Merrick, Leonard--Conrad in Quest of His Youth, 1968



Box 7 Folder 1 Meyer, Agnes--"Freedom of the Mind,", 1953


Box 7 Folder 2 Meyer, Ernest L.--"A Footnote on L'Amour,", 1947


Box 7 Folder 3 Mill, John Stuart--"On Liberty,", 1964


Box 7 Folder 4 Muggeridge, Malcolm--"Senator McCarthy McCartyized: Or, The Biter Bit,", 1953


Box 7 Folder 5 Nathan, Robert and W.A. Dwiggins (Illustrator)--"One More Spring,", 1935


Box 7 Folder 6 Nevinson, Henry W.--Farewell to America, 1935


Box 7 Folder 7 New York Court of Appeals--"In Memoriam: Irving Lehman, 1876 - 1945," 1945, 1876, 1945


Box 7 Folder 8 New York Supreme Court Anniversary, 1941


Box 7 Folder 9 New Yorker Magazine--"The Night of the Blackout,", 1965


Box 7 Folder 10 Nixon, Richard M., John Kennedy--"On the Results of the Election, 1960"(cover title: "A Gleam of Light Ahead") Foreword by Frank and Helen Altschul,, 1960


Box 7 Folder 11 Paix et Liberte, Paris--"Balance Sheet of a Dictatorship,", undated


Box 7 Folder 12 Perry, Ralph Barton and Rudolph Ruzicka (Illustrator)--"Plea for an Age Movement,", 1943


Box 7 Folder 13 Phillips, Wendell--Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1963


Box 7 Folder 14 Pinckney, Mary Stead--Letter Book: November 14th, 1796 to August 29th 1796, 1946


Box 7 Folder 15 Plimpton, Francis T.P.--"In Praise of Polygamy,", 1957



Box 8 Folder 1 Prevost, Abbe and T.M. Cleland--"Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut,", 1958


Box 8 Folder 2 Project Hope Journal, 1967


Box 8 Folder 3 Ransom, Will--"A Brochure in Honor of Gutenberg,", 1941


Box 8 Folder 4 Redfield, Robert--"Talk with a Stranger,", 1958


Box 8 Folder 5 Reston, James B.--Eulogy for Orvil E. Dreyfoos, 1963


Box 8 Folder 6 "James Harvey Rogers: In Memoriam,", 1940


Box 8 Folder 7 "The Round Table War Pamphlet: The Issue,", 1940


Box 8 Folder 8 Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr.--"Herbert H. Lehman: The Conservative as Radical,", 1967


Box 8 Folder 9 Shepardson, Whitney H.--"Early History of the Council on Foreign Relations,", 1960


Box 8 Folder 10 Steinbeck, John--A Letter Written in Reply to a Request for a Statement about His Ancestry,, 1940


Box 8 Folder 11 Sterne, Laurence--A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick,, 1936


Box 8 Folder 12 Stevenson, Adlai E.--"Must We Have War?", 1954


Box 8 Folder 13 to 14 Stevenson, Robert Louis and Jean Hugo (Illustrator)--An Inland Voyage, 1938. Hugo, Jean, illustrator, (2 Folders)


Box 8 Folder 15 Streeter, Edward--"Words of Welcome,", 1962


Box 8 Folder 16 Thompson, Dorothy--The Abbey, the Museum, the Commons. 1941 and "In Support of the Precident," 1945, 1941, 1945


Box 8 Folder 17 Tompkins, Boylston A.--A Toast proposed by Boylston A. Tompkins on the Eve of the Wedding of Judith Lee Tompkins and Henry Taylor Compton, Jr.,, 1955


Box 8 Folder 18 U.S. Congress, "Adverse Report of the Committee of the Judiciary,", 1937



Box 9 Folder 1 Valentine, Alan--"A Modest Proposal for the Care and Use of Subversives,", 1954


Box 9 Folder 2 Vandenberg, Arthur--"The American Position,", 1948


Box 9 Folder 3 Van Tassel, Etta May--"Beyond Geography: A Few Poems,", 1946


Box 9 Folder 4 Warren, Earl--"The Blessings of Liberty,", 1955


Box 9 Folder 5 Wasson, R. Gordon--"Toward a Russian Policy,", 1951


Box 9 Folder 6 Weizmann, Chaim--"Before the United Nations,", 1947


Box 9 Folder 7 Welles, Sumner--An Address (not printed), 1943


Box 9 Folder 8 Wharton, Edith--Ethan Frome, 1967


White, Alain


Box 9 Folder 9 Chess books, 1941 - 1949, 1941, 1949


Box 9 Folder 10 F. Gamage : An Artist in Chess Problems , 1941


Box 9 Folder 11 F. Gamage--Second Book (not printed), 1943-1949


Box 9 Folder 12 White, Alain and Comins Mansfield--Frederick Gamage and Vincent Eaton: A Century of Two-Movers,, 1941


Box 9 Wilde, Oscar and Rudolph Ruzicka--The Happy Prince and Other Tales, 1936


Box 9 Folder 2 Willkie, Wendell Lewis--Occasional Addresses, 1940


Box 9 Folder 3 Wilson, Woodrow--"Leaders of Men,", 1950-1951


Box 9 Folder 4 Wilson, Woodrow--"The Road Away from Revolution,", 1948


Box 9 Folder 5 Wolfers, Arnold--"Eulogy for William M. Burden III,", 1962


Box 9 Folder 6 The Woodrow Wilson Foundation--Joseph Daniels Memorial Tribute, 1941


Box 9 Folder 7 Yale University--Report of the President's Advisory Committee, 1952


Box 9 Folder 8 Zenger, John Peter--"A Brief Narrative of the Trial of John Peter Zenger,", 1947


Box 9 Folder 9 Zilborg, Gregory--"I Won't Apologize: Two Letters,", 1939


Subseries I.3: General Correspondence, 1934-1978

This subseries is comprised of general correspondence arranged by year. It includes requests for books and pamphlets, correspondence with other presses, and the occasional letter of praise from an enthusiastic collector. In most cases, both the incoming mail and copies of Overbrook's responses are present.


Box 9 Folder 10 General, 1934-1940


Box 9 Folder 11 to 14 General, 1960-1965, (4 Folders)



Box 11 Folder 1 to 4 General, 1966-1978, (4 Folders)

Series II: General, 1929-1977

This small but varied series contains documents related to the operation of the press, including financial records, internal correspondence, and paper samples. It also holds copies of the Overbrook Bibliography and information on book exhibits.


Box 11 Folder 5 The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Fifty Books of the Year Exhibitions, 1939, 1942, 1945, 1939, 1942, 1945


Box 11 Folder 6 Andrade, Barry Jack de Costa--Chess Problems, 1944-1948



Box 12 Folder 1 Bibliographies of Overbrook Press from 1934-1969 by Norman Strouse, 1973-1975, 1934-1969, 1973-1975


Box 12 Folder 2 University of California--Exhibition of Overbrook Press Books, 1943


Box 12 Folder 3 Census and Federal Trade Commission--U.S. Correspondence, 1943-1944


Box 12 Folder 4 The Columbiad Club--Hartford Book Show, 1938


Box 12 Folder 5 Electoral Charts, 1936


Box 12 Folder 6 Employment--Illustrators and Artists, 1939


Box 12 Folder 7 Evans Margaret B., Art Director--Memos, 1940


Box 12 Folder 8 to 10 Financial, 1929-1937, (3 Folders)



Box 13 Folder 1 to 3 Financial, 1938-1947


Box 13 Folder 4 Financial--Stamford Trust Company, 1944-1949


Box 13 Folder 5 Inquiries and Requests, 1935-1961



Box 14 Folder 1 to 2 Inventories, Orders and Recipients of Books, 1936-1977


Box 14 Folder 3 Legal Discussions--Memos and Minutes, 1933-1944


Box 14 Folder 4 New York Times National Book Fair, 1937


Box 14 Folder 5 Orders, 1956-1965


Box 14 Folder 6 Paper samples and type specimens, undated


Box 14 Folder 7 Sloan, Frank R., 1946-1947


Box 14 Folder 8 Strouse, Norman--"The Overbrook Press: An Example of Collecting in Depth,", 1975


Box 14 Folder 9 Printed Items, undated


Box 14 Folder 10 General Correspondence, 1966-1969


Box 14 Folder 11 Inventory, 1967-1977


Box 14 Folder 12 Legal Documents, 1929